Who the U.S. chooses in the 2008 election for our next President might well set the future course for homeschooling in America. As families who cherish the freedom and right to teach our children with Bible-based homeschool curriculum, we need to be informed and scrutinize the agendas of each Presidential candidate. So, where does each major candidate stand on the important issues that affect homeschoolers? To help you make an educated vote this coming November, here are a few of the republican and democratic candidate's past and present positions on the topics of marriage, family, and education:

Senator John McCain at a Glance

Marriage
 - Voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits same-sex couples from receiving federal rights and benefits in any state.
 - Campaigned for a ban on same-sex relationship recognition in his home state of Arizona, including appearing in a campaign television ad.
 - Believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman.


Family
 - Voted to confirm President Bush's judicial nominees who had taken anti-homosexual positions.
 - Believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned to protect the life of the unborn. Has publicly stated that life begins at conception.
 - Opposes the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes, but supports funding for amniotic fluid and adult stem cell research and other types of scientific study that do not involve the use of human embryos.

Education
 - Co-sponsored the Education A-Plus bill in 1997 and again in 1999, which allows parents to open tax-free savings accounts for their children's educational expenses, including tutoring, computers, and tuition.
 - Supports school vouchers and empowering parents to choose among schools for their children, including charter schools, homeschooling, and public schools.
 - Believes the decision of teaching creationism curriculum alongside evolution in schools should be made at the local level.

Senator Barack Obama at a Glance

Marriage
 - Voted against a Federal Marriage Amendment.
 - Opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, which gives states the option of not recognizing another state's "gay marriages" and prohibits the federal government from recognizing "gay marriage."
 - Supports civil unions between gay and lesbian couples, as well as letting individual states determine if marriage between gay and lesbian couples should be legalized.

Family
 - Supports gays and lesbians having the same rights as heterosexuals to adopt children.
 - Original co-sponsor of legislation to expand access to contraception, health information, and preventive services to help reduce unintended pregnancies.
 - In January 2007, introduced the Prevention First Act that increases funding for family planning and comprehensive sex education.

Education
 - Plans to reform the No Child Left Behind Act.
 - Has made no public statement about homeschooling. However, he is endorsed by the National Education Association (NEA). The NEA agenda opposes homeschooling unless children are taught by state-licensed teachers using a state-approved curriculum and wants to bar homeschoolers from participating in any extracurricular activities in public schools.
 - Will implement the "Zero to Five" plan, a preschool agenda that begins at birth and does the following:
     * Quadruples the number of children in Early Head Start
     * Increases Head Start funding
     * Encourages all states to adopt a voluntary, universal preschool
     * Provides funding for early learning challenge grants
     * Increases tax credits for working parents with child care expenses
     * Expands evidence-based home visiting programs

Help Inform Homeschoolers

Like the recent California legislation episode, it's important to get the word out when we learn of information that threatens homeschooling. As the 2008 election draws closer and the presidential candidates solidify their stances on political issues, help homeschoolers vote more informed by adding any current news developments to the Homeschool Blog at Alpha Omega Publications!

(Note: The information listed on this page has been provided solely as a courtesy and does not endorse a political candidate).